1740] To the Son. Henry Seymour Conway 85
chimney.—In three words I will give you her picture as we drew it in the Sortes Virgilianae—
Insanam vatem aspicies.
I give you my honour we did not choose it; but Gray, Mr. Coke1, Sir Francis Dashwood^ and I, and several others, drew it fairly amongst a thousand for different people, most of which did not hit as you may imagine; those that did I will tell you.
For our most religious and gracious-----s
— Dii, talem terris avertite pestem.
For one that would be our most religious and gracious-----4
Purpureus veluti cum flos succisus aratro Languescit moriens, lassove papavera collo Demisere caput, pluvid cum forte gravantur.
For his SonB.
Begis Romani; primus gui legibus urbem Fundabit, Curtbus parvis et paupere terra, Missus in imperium magnum.
For Sir Kobert.
Res dura et regni novitas me talia cogunt Moliri, et late fines custode tueri.
I will show you the rest when I see you.
LETTER 35.—* Hon. Edward Coke (1720-1753), only son of Thomas Coke, first Viscount Level; styled Viscount Coke on the promotion of his father (whom he predeceased) to the earldom of Leicester (1744).
2 Sir Francis Dashwood (1708-1781), second Baronet; summoned to the House of Lords as Baron Le Despencer, 1763; Chancellor of the Exchequer, 1762-63; Keeper of the Wardrobe, 1763 ; Joint Postmaster-
G-eneral, 1771-81. He ohtained an unenviable notoriety as President of the Hell-Fire Club, which met at Medmenham Abbey.
8 Q-eorge LI.
* The Prince of Wales.
6 Prince George William Frederick (1788-1820), eldest son of the Prince of Wales; cr. Prince of Wales on his father's death in 1751. On his grandfather's death in 1760 he became King as Q-eorge III.